About the property
- House700 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay5 nights
One 2-bedroom house + some more rooms with a bathroom
You will be treated as a Blessing at Casa de Megumi with friendly greetings and all the help you need for your vacation.
Megumi is a Japanese word, which means blessing, abundance, and grace; that is how you will be treated here.
Casa de Lantana is surrounded by gardens and has a large roofed patio where you can eat, work, and take a nap in a hammock. A different way of life and being!
Our vacation rentals are located in a 6 acre tropical property filled with various kinds of tropical flowers, plants, and mature trees. You will be able to watch more than 50 kinds of birds, animals, and soul-touching far-away ocean views and sunsets from the office in Casa Grande.
You will be staying at a completely fenced and gated property for your privacy and security. Our pool is always sparkling clear and well maintained for your enjoyment. And, you can park your car in a large parking lot saved for our guests.
Friendly housekeeping, maid services, laundry services, authentic Costa-Rican food, massage therapies, and professional coaching sessions are available with advance requests.
We understand how important high-speed Internet or WiFi is to our guests. Thus, it is offered to our guests as a complimentary service in all rental units: inside and outside of the units as well as at the pool side. Your desire to be connected with your loved ones and your business is understood and respected in our place.
For your adventures, various kinds of tours can be arranged: volcanoes, hot springs, beaches, canopy tours, white-water rafting, butterfly gardens, orchid gardens, coffee plantations, hiking, Cloud Forest, famous churches, flea markets, museums, San Jose, Escazu, and other tourist spots.
We are only 3 miles from Atenas, which has many restaurants, supermarkets, medical and dental offices, banks, the post office, and many other places you need for ordinary living.
Atenas has many retirees from the U.S., Canada, and Europe and is known to have a very active, supportive expat community which is not found elsewhere.
Many of our guests are retirees, young parents with young to school-age children, and some others are location-independent professionals who work online from our place. We understand both their needs.
If you are looking for a laid-back, relaxing, affordable and beautiful accommodation for your adventurous vacation or for your online professional work in Costa Rica, yes, you are at the right place!
Welcome Home at Casa de Megumi, where you will be treated as a BLESSING!
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- Response time:
- within two days
- English, basic Spanish, Japanese
- Calendar last updated:
- May 6, 2018
About Hisano Bell
What I want to create here in this world is to do the best I can, no matter what I do, to make a difference in the hearts of people I come to contact with. I believe that every one of us is a blessing, a special being, with special gifts to give and receive. That is how I meet and serve all our guests, friends, and family. It is my sincere hope to meet as many blessings as possible in this life time. Hisano Bell
Hisano Bell purchased this House in 2008
Why Hisano Bell chose Cantón Atenas
Because of the world's best climate and beautiful sunset scenery from Casa Grande in a 6-acre lot, in a very friendly Tico neighborhood. This was exactly what we wanted, after having traveled to many places in Costa Rica. This is one of the most beautiful, friendliest, and safest places we have been to and at the same time it is close to all major facilities we may need, such as the major airport, good medical facilities and international malls, especially since we now have a new highway directly to San Jose and Escazu in only 25 minute driving or to the beaches on the Pacific Coast.
What makes this House unique
You can relax and work at the same time here with the pool and high-speed Internet connection inside and outside of the rental units and around the pool. Both complimentary. You will be welcomed just like when you are going back to your hometown, where everyone treats you like their own family members. From this location, you can go to anywhere by bus easily.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Casa de Megumi is Pura Vida indeed!
Casa de Lantana was a perfect place for my "working" vacation. The accommodations were comfortable, clean and in excellent condition, and very secure!
The walk down to the main house for the pool was relaxing and scenic, as the landscaping which has been done on the property just made you realize how much Costa Rica has to offer. The views of the mountains and the setting sun in the evenings were just so relaxing.
BUT, the one thing that made this stay PERFECT, is the hostess, Hisano! From my arrival to departure, she invested herself in me, my son when he visited for a week, and the other guests who were there in the studio apartment located nearer to her Casa Grande. She ensured I was able to get groceries the day I arrived, took me into town to show me how to navigate the area, pointed out places of interest including good restaurants, and explained the bus (the bus stop is right across the street!) and taxi system since I didn't rent a car for the whole 5 weeks I was there. She even arranged a car for the week I needed one, and that was seamless! Not to mention hosting a dinner, meeting some expats who have retired in Atenas, and a trip to a concert were special highlights of my stay.
Now, Atenas itself is not a "tourist vacation getaway" but a place where many expats and retirees have decided to make home. With its proximity to San Jose, the area has more than a beach town would have available to you. So, you actually get a feel of what it is like to truly experience living in Costa Rica. It is close enough to get to places like Arenal, La Paz, the beach at Jaco, and an wonderful coffee tour right on the outskirts of the town of Atenas (and I highly recommend going there!).
Be advised, you are staying in a true residential area. There are neighbors with barking dogs and you will hear some truck traffic. But you will be very secure, as Hisano has ensured that to be extremely important.
If you want a relaxing stay, in an area that is not "touristy" but really want to experience real Costa Rica, there is no better place to stay but with Hisano at Casa de Megumi. A true blessing it was to be here and you will gain a wonderful friend at the same time!
Dear Wendy, Thank you so much for staying at Casa de Megumi Vacation Rentals. Yes, it was so wonderful to get to know you and your son, and I am very happy to know that this place can be a good place for people who are taking a "working vacation," as we have comfortable and safe rental units with good WiFi and pool, and are on the frequent bus line. One of my goals for creating this vacation rentals is to provide a place where our guests can relax, explore typical way of life in Costa Rica, and make new friends. I am so happy that you joyed staying here, being able to work while enjoying what Costa Rica can offer, and experience something new! Look forward to seeing you again soon! Hisano Bell
Home away from home!
We stayed with Hisano for almost 2 weeks. Hisano showed us around town, introduced us to ways of life in Costa Rica and to new friends! We traveled by bus mainly, which was very convenient from this location with the occasional taxi which she helped to arrange for us. The grounds are well maintained and the living quarters clean and updated. There are fans in the room and plenty of air flow. Temperature was just right, we didn't need air conditioning. We stayed in the Orchid Room, right next to the swimming pool which was convenient for cooling down as needed! The place is very secure and we always felt safe. There is road noise and barking dogs at night that made it challenging for a light sleeper like myself. Nonetheless, Hisano is a 5-star host in Atenas! We highly recommend this stay!
A small oasis in Atenas
We chose this retreat due to its equal distance from San Jose and the coast. Each is no more than an hour away by bus (stops just outside the gate) or by car. The house is private and separate from the main house which is maybe 100 meters up the paved drive. Our hostess, who speaks English, Japanese and Spanish fed us the first night and showed us around town the next day in a whirlwind tour that included the best grocery. Security of the compound is paramount. The main house has tremendous views of the mountains with the Nicoya Gulf in the distance. Grounds-keeping is top notch and very lush. The climate was mild and the windows remained open throughout the day and night. Web service was reliable but slower than most US networks. There's no TV. This is a vacation, right? Another couple was there (very pleasant) and had returned over a period of years. I can see why. I'll go again. For those who want an environment where you're immersed in language and culture this is the place.
Definitely a tropical Haven Away from Home.
Hisano is an amazing hostess! She was a great 'Mom', terrific sense of humour, made us feel comfortable, involved us in local socialization. activities & culture &, organized an educational, interesting coffee tour. She & Tela arranged for us to participate in a Latino dance, what we Canadians would call a 'barn dance', with a live local band. We discovered that Hisano is also a fun loving, entertaining dancer! A once in a life time adventure that followed, was to participate in a 2.5 km trail ride, with the Ticos, on dancing horseback. We were fortunate to be in the right place at the right time with the right hostess. Tela demonstrated how to harvest coconut water from trees in the yard. Yum, yum. Hisano helped us learn about local currency & was very concerned about our safety & health, ie) supplied purified drinking water. Hisano introduced us to the Farmers Market with absolutely delicious fresh fruits & vegetables so we could eat lots & yet loose weight. We learned about a 'balanced diet'!!! Her back yard has fresh lemons, oranges, avocado, pineapple, mango & a variety of medicinal herbs.This was a great place to spend our first week, of our four week vacation in Costa Rica. It helped to ground us as we adjusted from the Canadian cold. The property was kept clean with beautiful greenery & exotic flowers. The kitchen is fully equipped. The hammock is perfect for siesta, rest, relaxation, listening to birds & reading. The swimming pool was kept immaculate with slow release chlorine system. The climate was perfect. Daytime was warm, but comfortable, evenings were cooler for sleeping & there was always a refreshing breeze, night or day. There was no need to rent a car because the bus stops across the street. The bus driver even remembered where we got on & dropped us off accordingly. Behind the bus depot were amazing fruit & vegetable stands. We were surrounded by very friendly, happy people & happy roosters!
Perfect winter get away- a home away from home
It is hard to put into a few short sentences how thrilled my husband I were with our host Hisano and our stay at Casa de Megumi. She is the gold standard of helpfulness and personal attention to ensure our stay was special and perfect in every way. From arranging airport pick up/delivery, to personal car tour of Atenas the first day, including shopping for groceries, bank, local eateries, bus schedule, daily check-ins to see if we needed anything, to suggesting area highlights to visit, best deals, door to door delivery of rental car, local hiking trails, providing a taste of fresh local cuisine and delicacies pool side and even entertaining us in her own home with other new guests as they arrive so that we are all very comfortable with each other. She even provided fresh limes, tangerines and mint from her own garden for our use!. Her property was well maintained with beautiful surrounding gardens, pool, beautiful sunset views, perfect for relaxing on the days we didn't want to travel around the country. We stayed in the stand alone small 2 bedroom cottage home ( Casa Lantanas) which had all the expected/promised amenities with weekly housekeeping by wonderful staff. With our busy travel/touring schedule, we hardly missed onsite TV. The weekly market within 1/2 hr walking distance and closest town of Atenas ( 10 min drive, 20 min bus ride or 1 1/2 hour walk overland if you're ambitious) provided us with all our immediate needs. Hisano, her son Mikel and all her staff were outstanding in every way. She has certainly achieved her personal goal of making us feel we are welcome in her home. We will definitely plan a return visit to Costa Rica including a stay at Case de Megumi and have recommended this to many friends already. If you would like to read more about our stay in Costa Rica, visit our travel blog https://medium.com/@anntravel/week-5-travel-insights-lessons-learned-and-other-odds-ends-from-our-trip-to-costa-rica-7746b031857f
Dear Ann and Don, Thank you so much for staying at Casa de Megumi VR as well as inviting your friends to join you all the way from Canada! You all are amazingly fun people; I still remember all of you four enjoying late afternoon pool-side parties, laughter, splashes in the pool, our shared meals and snacks looking out of our Casa Grande windows admiring the ocean-view sunsets, jokes, and of course that drink you made with our garden fresh lemon mint! Hope to see you again here at the pool side in the near future!. Hisano
Best host ever!
We stayed at Casa Lantana during January 2017. The town of Atenas was inviting and easy to navigate. Hisano, our host, greeted us and helped us get everything into the rental house. She then took us to town to show us where everything was. And she took us into the grocery to make sure we were able to navigate and to help us translate package labels. We've traveled through Asia, Europe, Central America, Australia, New Zealand, and the south Pacific. We have never had the attention and service that we received here from Hisano and her son, Mikel.
Three of her rental locations welcomed new people at about the same time. To make us feel welcome and to introduce us to one another, she prepared a welcome dinner for us. She and her mother hosted our delightful evening and we were able to meet other travelers that we spent time with later in our stay.
The property is beautiful with a variety of trees and plantings -- including a banana-type tree and a tangerine tree -- we got to share in the bounty of both. Every 4 or 5 days a bag of tangerines would arrive. And Hisano brought us fried banana-type fruit when she made them.
The house we stayed in had plenty of space and everything we needed. We asked for additional pillows and another fan. Hisano not only got them for us, she made the pillows. Her personal touch made each day of our stay remarkable. She typically stopped in each day to see how we were doing and to see if there was anything we needed.
She helped us decide where to eat, where to shop, where to tour, and how to travel by public transportation. If she was going to town, she'd typically ask if we'd like to go or if she could get us anything. Her generosity was remarkable. We felt totally spoiled. It was wonderful.
I hope other travelers get to meet Hisano and stay at Casa De Megumi. Staying there was a blessing for us.
Dear Connie, Thank you so much for staying with us and it was our pleasure having you both! I am very happy that you could accomplish both having a vacation and working online from our Casa de Lantana's large roofed patio! You two are truly location-independent professionals! We understand that having good WiFi connection is very important for almost all our guests, and I am so happy that you could accomplish all you wanted to do during your vacation/work trip this time. Our other guests, our family, and I really enjoyed meeting you both, learning how you both manage working and traveling life and listening to your amazing adventures in different countries. I hope we will have more chances to serve you again in the future. Hisano
We have more than 50 kinds of birds in our property to see and the following can be arranged: bird-watching tours, zoo and butterfly garden tours, La Paz waterfall garden and volcano tours, coffee plantation tours, museums in San Jose, beach trips within an hour, canopy tours, art and craft tours, tropical garden tours, Orchid Garden tours, hot-spring tours, etc.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are subject to change until a reservation with the deposit is made. An additional $30.00 is required for departure cleaning fee.